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March 14, 2013

Nicole Hagy, Communications Coordinator, Invent Now

(330) 849-6949, nhagy@invent.org

Local contact: Lesley Fry at (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284

Camp Invention will reinvent summer camp in 2013 at Ohio State Lima

Invent Now, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and fostering invention and creativity, is pleased to announce that its nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention summer program is coming to The Ohio State University at Lima June 3-7, 2013. Camp Invention is a weeklong summer day program for children entering grades one through six, created in partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The program engages children to discover their own innate creativity and inventiveness through hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) content.

"Based on feedback from the country’s finest school districts, Camp Invention has earned a reputation as a leader in high-quality summer programming. This has helped the organization grow to a national program serving over 77,000 children," said Michael J. Oister, Chief Operating Officer for Invent Now. "Parents tell us Camp Invention improves their child’s outlook on learning and increases their child’s interest in using science to solve problems."

Each day children rotate through integrated modules that employ creative thinking to solve real-world challenges. Children learn vital 21st century life skills such as problem solving and teamwork through imaginative play. Ohio State Lima will host the CREATE program, which will be directed by Dr. Mary Christenson, a faculty member in the education department.

In the Problem Solving on Planet ZAK module, children will crash land on an alien planet, where they collect important data about its environment to help them design shelters and spacesuits able to survive the planet’s harsh living conditions. Children will explore "green" city design and create on eco-friendly infrastructure by instituting pollution-free water filtration systems, landfills, waste disposal systems, and transportation powered by renewable resources in the Saving Sludge City module. In the I Can Invent: Launchitude module, children will take apart broken or unused appliances using real tools and re-engineer the gears to invent an awesome Duck Chucking Device. Finally, in the Geo-Games module, classic high-energy games will be fused with global fun.

Even if a child has participated in Camp Invention in the past, he or she will benefit from brand new adventures throughout the week.

To register a child for the Camp Invention program or to learn more about Invent Now programming, visit www.campinvention.org or call (800) 968-4332. Cost for the program is $220 per child. Participants who register by March 28 will receive a discount on camp registration.

About Camp Invention

Since Camp Invention’s inception, the program has grown to include more than 1,200 school partnerships in 49 states. In 2012, more than 77,000 children participated nationwide. The United States Patent and Trademark Office continues to support Invent Now’s mission to inspire creativity and inventive thinking in children of all ages.

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